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Palante Technology Cooperative

Palante Technology Cooperative is a worker cooperative dedicated to providing web, database, and general technology consulting and support to social justice oriented organizations and progressive nonprofits. The Palante Tech team (currently five workers) combines a breadth of experience to develop solutions that are informed and shaped by our clients' missions, constituencies and target audiences. We’ve developed a deep understanding of the needs of our clients and an expertise in providing affordable, effective solutions that enhance and sustain their work. All members of the Palante Tech team are strongly committed to social justice and have experience as activists and organizers in our own communities; this personal investment further informs and drives our work.

Located: 
Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 
2010
Worker-owners: 
(4)
Jack Aponte, Jon Goldberg, Jamila Khan, Joseph Lacey

Agaric

Agaric helps people create and use powerful web sites.  As a collective of skilled workers, Agaric collaborates with you and open source free software communities to develop tools and build platforms that meet your needs.

Located: 
Boston | Denver | Minneapolis | Puebla, Mexico | Managua, Nicaragua
Founded: 
2006
Worker-owners: 
(6)
Benjamin Melançon, David Valdez, Michele Metts, Christopher Thompson, Mauricio Dinarte, Clayton Dewey

C4 Tech & Design

C4 Tech & Design is a worker-owned cooperative that provides technical and design services to businesses and non-profits in the Greater New Orleans area. After forming in 2002, C4 quickly expanded into two synergistic teams: our Business I.T. Services team offers technical support, networking, and computer repair services, while our Web Design Team offers graphic design, web development, and custom programming services. 

C4 offers a variety of innovative technology consulting services to an eclectic range of businesses and organizations throughout the Gulf South region and across the country. From envisioning the concept for a website to implementing highly integrated technology strategies, C4 has provided innovative solutions to a diverse client base for over a decade. 

Located: 
New Orleans, LA
Founded: 
2002
Worker-owners: 
(12)
Jeff Brite, Becky Cierpich, Ian Johnson, Drew Stephan, Anna Boyer, David Boss, Chris Roussel, Devin Davis, Westly Gaddis, Marcus Amargi, Robert Starnes, Ryan Williams

Design Action Collective

Design Action Collective began in 2002 as an independent design and communications spin-off of Inkworks Press Collective. This has allowed us to better serve the movement for social justice by expanding our design capabilities to provide web and other interactive and “new media” services, and continue to expand to include strategic communications and messaging.

Since the founding of Design Action, we have grown to be a multi-lingual, diverse 11-person shop. Our members have come to Design Action as activists and organizers within the social justice movement, and with the desire to offer our skills as designers to the progressive movement.

Design Action is a worker-owned and managed cooperative and a union shop, affiliated with the Pacific Media Guild, Local 39521 Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO. We are also active members of Graphic Alliance, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Located: 
Oakland, CA
Founded: 
2002
Worker-owners: 
(10)
Innosanto Nagara, Nadia Khastagir, Poonam Whabi, William Ramirez, Sabiha Basrai, Josh Warren-White, Sarah Reilly, Daniel Owens, Ivy Climacosa, Andrea Salazar

Sassafras Tech Collective

We are a growing worker-owned technology cooperative specializing in web & mobile applications for social justice orgs, non-profits, academics, artists, and others. Bringing years of expertise from industry, academia, and social justice organizing, we understand the values that are embedded in code and design. We work with our clients to elicit intended values to make beautiful, appropriate, and easy to use technologies. Our work has been featured in numerous academic publications and has had extensive media coverage.
As our logo reflects, we are based in Michigan helping to bring life back into our home.

Located: 
Ann Arbor, MI
Founded: 
2013
Worker-owners: 
(5)
Jill Dimond, Thomas Smyth, Adam Konner, Elizabeth Mitchell, Anonymous

Polycot Associates

Polycot Associates is a strategic Internet consultancy, website design and development company that uses mature, robust open source platforms — primarily the Drupal content management framework and Wordpress content management system -- to create web solutions that are engaging and highly functional.

Our websites are SEO-enabled and built to optimize traffic and conversion rates.

Located: 
Austin, TX
Founded: 
2012
Worker-owners: 
(5)
Jon Lebkowsky, Steve Bartolomeo, Benjamin Bradley, Robert Matney, Doug Addison

CoLab Cooperative

CoLab is a full-service technology cooperative with eight worker-owners and a 20+ strong collaborator network. Our skilled technical team partners with your organization to build capacity and deliver strategic, long-lasting results. CoLab is located in Ithaca, New York with collaborators worldwide.

Located: 
Ithaca, NY
Founded: 
2011
Worker-owners: 
(8)
Rylan Peery, Ralph Cutler, Ethan Winn, Jenn Schlick, Amandeep Singh-Sapra, Tomaz Korenika, David Brooks, Cris Nelson